21 Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Dresses for Unforgettable Pictures

Take your portraits to the next level with a gorgeous maternity picture outfit.
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ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
Updated
Mar 2021
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Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in your life, so of course you want to document it–baby bump and all. Most women schedule a maternity photo shoot sometime between 28 and 32 weeks (a.k.a. the sweet spot before you’re too uncomfortable for a portrait session). Of course, once you’ve decided when you’re posing for pictures, it’s time to decide what you’re posing in. Our advice? Pick a maternity photo shoot dress that accentuates your beautiful bump. It’s what you’re celebrating, after all! Can’t make up your mind? Keep scrolling for a curated selection of our favorite maternity dresses for photo shoots.

As you’re browsing through our list of maternity dresses for pictures, pay attention to style and fit. Consider clingy fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes if you really want to emphasize your shape. Strategic ruching and belly-area embellishments can call attention to your baby bump too. Or, you can go all out with a sheer or open-front gown! Long, elegant maternity gowns also work well for photography (think: maxis decked out in lace and tulle). But at the end of the day, the best maternity shoot outfits can be glamorous or understated, as long as they make you feel like the gorgeous mama-to-be that you are.

Start (and end!) your search with this list of bump-friendly maternity photo dresses. Don’t feel like buying something you’ll only wear once? Consider borrowing a dress from Rent the Runway’s super-chic maternity collection instead.

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Black Lace Mesh Overlay Maternity Plus Maxi Dress

Searching for plus-size maternity dresses for a photo shoot? PinkBlush Maternity has a fantastic selection of dresses that’ll showcase your curves. We adore this lace maxi dress with pretty scalloped cap-sleeves. It’s double-lined to prevent sheerness and the V-neckline wll draw attention to your décolletage. Looking for something a little more colorful? This style comes in seven stunning colors.

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Boohoo Maternity Off the Shoulder Detail Midi Dress

When in doubt, put a bow on it. Your belly, that is! This glam midi maternity dress works well for a photo shoot, what with its fun off-the-shoulder sleeves and tied waistline. We’re obsessed with the chic cranberry color and ruffle sleeve detail, which is right on trend for 2021.

Buy it: $40, Boohoo.com

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HATCH The Ricky Slip Dress

How beautiful is this maternity photo shoot dress by HATCH? This full-length slip dress will hug your bump in all the right places. Plus, it has adjustable spaghetti straps so it works from week one of your pregnancy right up until your due date (and beyond!). The sumptuous jewel-tones will really pop in your maternity pictures, leaving everyone else green with envy.

Buy it: $278, HATCHCollection.com

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Kimi and Kai Clara Off the Shoulder Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

Add a splash of color to your pregnancy pictures with this pink floral maxi dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline gives it a sweet feminine flair, while the soft jersey fabric makes it comfy enough for a lengthy shoot. Talk about one of the best maternity dresses for a photo shoot!

Buy it: $98, Nordstrom.com

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Show Me Your Mumu Isabella Maxi Dress

How cool is this watercolor-inspired maternity picture dress? The gradient blue will draw all eyes to your belly, while the low-cut back is super-sexy. It even comes with a detachable belt for bonus bump framing. We love this maternity dress for a beachy photo shoot—though really, you could rock it anywhere!

Buy it: $184, ShowMeYourMumu.com

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New Look Maternity Frill Detail Midi Dress in Animal Print

Next up is a laid-back pregnancy photo shoot dress we think you’ll love. This low-key dress is elevated with subtle details like the ruffle trim on the shoulder and the (not-so-subtle) leopard-print pattern. The best part? The tiered skirt is perfect for twirling during a photo shoot.

Buy it: $47, ASOS.com

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J & L Designs Boutique Long Maternity Dress for Photo Shoot

Feel like a boho goddess in this lacy, chiffon maternity photo shoot dress. The scoop neckline, elasticated waist and full skirt all work to showcase your gorgeous pregnancy curves. It comes in a wide range of sizes and six stunning colors.

Buy it: $226, Etsy.com

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Seraphine Blue Lace Maternity & Nursing Dress

Who says maternity dresses for a photo shoot have to be long? This knee-length blue lace dress is totally dreamy. The A-line silhouette and sash-tie waist will show off your baby bump, while the floaty lace overlay adds a touch of romance. Now that’s a classy maternity shoot outfit!

Buy it: $199, Seraphine.com

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ASOS DESIGN Maternity 2 in 1 Bandeau Midi Dress with Gown in Oxblood

ASOS has a great range of maternity clothes for a photo shoot. Just look at this curve-hugging two-piece set, which would make a top-notch maternity picture outfit. The set includes a sleeveless bandeau-style dress and a matching coverup in a rich burgundy color—simply beautiful.

Buy it: $50, ASOS.com

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Sexy Mama Maternity Long-Sleeve Sweetheart Gown with Detachable Train

Sexy Mama Maternity has a whole category devoted to maternity dresses for a photo shoot, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Personally, we love this long-sleeve maternity dress (available in 17 stunning colors!). It has a form-fitting bodice and a full-length chiffon train that’ll photograph beautifully.

Buy it: $176, SexyMamaMaternity.com

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Tiffany Rose Francesca Maternity/Nursing Gown

Empire waist maternity shoot dresses are a baby bump’s best friend, since they sit comfortably above your growing belly. Wear this shimmering maternity gown for your photo shoot and beyond—it’s versatile enough for any formal occasion.

Buy it: $255, Nordstrom.com

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Mother Bee Maternity Short Sleeve Dress

Whether you’re eyeing solid maternity dresses for your photo shoot or patterned ones, this classic style could be the one you. The short sleeve gown comes in a massive range of colors and prints (30 different styles to be exact!). It’s also made right here in the USA. Yep, you can buy pretty maternity shoot outfits right on Amazon!

Buy it: $37, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Sexy Mama Maternity

Sexy Mama Maternity Off the Shoulder Sweetheart Rainbow Gown

Celebrating a rainbow baby? Pay tribute to your little gift with a beautifully symbolic frock. This rainbow maternity photo shoot dress is undeniably statement-making. A simple sweetheart neckline bodice is complemented by a full tulle skirt for maximum wow-factor.

Buy it: $300, SexyMamaMaternity.com

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The Nines by HATCH Floral Print Flutter Short Sleeve Chiffon Maternity Dress in Green

Floral maternity photo shoot dresses are always fashionable options. (Flower power is a thing!) We love this green chiffon midi dress from The Nines by HATCH, a new collection available exclusively at Target. This dress has pretty flutter-sleeves and is tailored to flatter your budding baby bump. Oh, and it’s available in sizes XS to XXL.

Buy it: $40, Target.com

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Missguided Black Velvet Off the Shoulder Maternity Dress

Searching for a creative way to point to your belly? Look no further than maternity photo dresses with plunging necklines. This little velvet number is ideal for a fall or winter photography session.

Buy it: $49, Missguided.com

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Belly Boutique Designs Joleen Maternity Gown For Photo Shoot

Show off your baby bump in this romantic maternity gown for a photo shoot. Made from a soft knit jersey material, the dress is fitted to knee-level to show off your bump and has a flowing chiffon skirt for added va-va-voom! It comes in a whopping 35 colors, so you can truly customize your maternity photo shoot outfit.

Buy it: Starting from $146, Etsy.com

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True Violet Maternity Midaxi Prom Dress with High Low Hem in Forest Green

We love dramatic maternity shoot dresses—including this forest-green pick. The fitted dress is all clean lines, with a high-low hem for added impact. Hello, autumn or winter maternity shoot outfit!

Buy it: $119, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity White Open Plus Maternity Photo Shoot Gown

Searching for an open-belly maternity gown for your photo shoot? PinkBlush sells a few different styles, including this plus-size white pregnancy pictures dress. Other options include a similar silhouette rendered in black chiffon or lavender lace.

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A Pea in the Pod Ruffle Hem Side Tie Maternity Dress

Maternity picture outfits don’t have to be over the top. Case in point: This simple (but stunning) dress from A Pea in the Pod. This navy mini dress has a bow at the waist that draws attention to your baby bump and ruffles along the hemline that add a feminine touch.

Buy it: $128, APeainthePod.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Mauve Pleated Ruffle Tiered Maternity Maxi Dress

PinkBlush Maternity sells tons of portrait-worthy pregnancy gowns, and this ruffle tiered maternity dress is no exception. While pink maternity dresses for photo shoots are super-cute, that’s not the only color this one comes in. Choose from gorgeous jade green, rich burgundy or royal blue, and other colors too!

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Bump Biddy Maternity Plus Raina Ruffle Tie Dye Dress

Last up on our list of the best maternity photo shoot dresses is a tie dye pick that’s giving us serious summer vibes. This plus-size maxi dress has flowing tiered ruffles, which gives it a relaxed feel. Meanwhile, the elasticated waist just under the bust draws the eye to your baby bump. It’s the perfect warm weather look for a boho maternity photo shoot.

Buy it: $56, BumpBiddy.com

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